The Oxford Update

Oxford Elementary School

We Look Forward To Seeing You!

Another vacation week is behind us and it is almost time to get back to school. We hope everyone was able to enjoy some time off and get outside to play in the snow! We can't wait to see all of our students and staff as we get back into our school routines!


As we get ready to return, there are a few things we want to remind you of:


  • Students should come to school with the proper winter gear to go outside every day. We go outside as long as the feels like temperature is 10° or higher.


  • Students need to wear a clean mask to school each day. It is also important that they have an extra one as they do get wet when we go out for recess. If you need help getting masks, please call the school office and we can assist you.


  • Each day, prior to coming to school, families should complete the COVID-19 Pre-Screening for School Attendance. It is included in this newsletter for your reference.


  • School attendance is very important. Please ensure that your child attends school each day that they are able to. If you have health-related questions concerning your child's attendance, please reach out to our school nurse, Mrs. Monahan and she can answer your questions.



We can't wait to get back to school and see all of our students. There is still lots to learn this year and we look forward to working with your children. As always, thank you for all of your support, and don't hesitate to reach out if you have questions or concerns.

Please Complete the COVID-19 Pre-Screening For Your Students Each Morning Before School

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Updated Maine Travel Guidelines

In accordance with Maine travel guidelines, any staff or students who travel within the US to any state other than New Hampshire or Vermont (no restrictions as of 2/08/21 for these two states only), will be required to either:



1. Complete a 10-day quarantine upon arrival in Maine and continue to monitor for signs and symptoms for an additional 4 days OR


2. Obtain and receive a negative COVID-19 antigen or molecular (PCR, NAAT, or isothermal) test result within 72 hours prior to arrival back into Maine to forgo the 10-day quarantine.


  • Travelers may be tested upon arrival in Maine as well but must quarantine while they wait for test results. A negative COVID-19 antigen or molecular (PCR, NAAT, or isothermal) test result will allow the traveler to leave quarantine early.


CDC has also provided guidance as it relates to international travel. The current risk assessment level for COVID-19 is at 4, or VERY HIGH, for nearly every country.


At this time, all air passengers coming to the United States, including U.S. citizens, are required to have a negative COVID-19 test result or documentation of recovery from COVID-19 before boarding a flight back to the United States.


Upon return to the United States, staff and students must quarantine. International travelers can return to school after they:


  1. Get tested 3-5 days after travel, and receive a negative test result AND stay home and self-quarantine for 7 days after travel.
  2. Do not get tested and stay home for 10 days after travel.
  3. Avoid being around people who are at increased risk for severe illness for 14 days, whether you get tested or not.


Any staff or students who have traveled internationally will not be permitted inside the school building for a minimum of 7 days, even if a negative test has occurred.


If you have any questions or concerns about your travel during our vacation week, please contact, Arica Monahan, school nurse, via email at a.monahan@msad17.org or call the school and speak with her, 539-4456.

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Upcoming Important Dates

Monday, February 22nd - Students return to school

Tuesday, February 23rd - Ms. Nicholas' class at Roberts Farm

Wednesday, February 24th - Early Release Day, dismissal 1 hour early

Thursday, February 25th - Ms. Guerrette's class at Roberts Farm

Friday, February 26th - Mismatch Day


Upcoming Dates:
March 1 - 5 - Read Across America Week

March 18th - Parent-Teacher Conferences

March 19th - No School, Teacher Workshop Day

Oxford Elementary School

Tiffany Karnes, Principal

Denise Bourgoine, Assistant Principal

Arica Monahan, School Nurse

Jill Knight, Secretary

Christine Merrill, Secretary